The most common and best known massage is Swedish, the foundation for deep tissue, sports and aromatherapy massages. Grounded in the western medical concepts of anatomy and physiology and, Swedish massage is provided by a licensed massage therapist. Most massage sessions last about an hour.
Swedish Massage provides these beneficial effects:
- Improves general blood circulation and relieves congestion throughout the body, improving delivery of nutrition
- Increases the number of red blood cells, especially with anemia
- Cleanses the lymph systems of waste and toxic debris and stimulation lymph circulation
- Relaxes muscle spasms and relieves tension
- Helps prevent build-up of harmful toxins released during strenuous exercise or injury, increasing blood supply to muscles
- Improves muscle tone and prevents or delays muscular atrophy due to forced inactivity
- Increases excretion of kidney fluids and waste products, especially salt and phosphorus
- Stretches connective tissue, improves circulation and prevents formation of adhesions and reduces the danger of fibrosis
- Improves circulation and nutrition to joints and hastens elimination of harmful deposits.
- Helps lessen inflammation and swelling in the joints: alleviates joint pain.